Local History


Here are resources for DC area educators to teach local history, outside the textbook. Most of the resources to date are on D.C. However we will be adding resources for Maryland and Virginia. (Learn more about DC history from Cultural Tourism DC and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.)

Teach the Beat: Go-Go

Lessons and teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in the classroom.

D.C. Booklist

Books for the classroom on Washington, D.C.

D.C. Teacher Story

Strategies and resources one teacher used for teaching D.C. from a bottom up perspective.

D.C. History Quiz

A “learn-as-you-go” quiz about D.C. to help fill the gaps in the traditional textbooks and guided tours. 

D.C. Spark

Photo archives of the Washington Area Spark, a monthly newspaper published from 1971-73.

Mapping Segregation

A public history project documenting the historic segregation of Washington, D.C.

D.C. 1968 Project

A digital project centered on Washington, DC in 1968. 

D.C. Labor Map

Find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC.

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D.C. Latino Street Mural

A virtual tour of the oldest existing street mural in Washington DC, painted in the '70s in a community effort led by artist Carlos Salazar.

Story of the Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA)

The VIA was an organization of African-American high schools created in 1954 through the efforts of African-American secondary school principals and administrators with operational funds from the Virginia General Assembly. The organization provided enriching opportunities and activities to African-American high schools that were otherwise inaccessible due to racial, social and economic barriers.